Ghost Manor – the spookiest house in New Orleans
Personally, I love Halloween, even though I am not the biggest fan of horror movies, spooky ghost stories, or haunted houses (I scare very easily – ask anyone who’s ever tried to approach me from outside my direct field of vision).
I do love seasonal decorations, though, and Halloween certainly lets people get creative with them!
It’s being celebrated more and more here in Denmark; the last couple of years, we’ve even had some trick-or-treaters come by in very scary costumes. Of course, we rewarded them with candy.
On our US trip, we did stop by a big Walmart and bought some decorations – not nearly enough, though, as luggage space was limited – and when we got back, we decorated our apartment door and balcony with ghosts, skeletons, and red and green lights. Next year, I plan on going even further and have our Halloween decorations up on the balcony for the whole month of October!
But all of that is NOTHING compared to what some Americans get up to. We saw some cool decorations along the way, New Orleans takes the cake. Not surprising, given the city’s rich haunted history full of vampires, ghosts, and other creatures of the night…
For one, there’s the Skeleton House on St Charles Avenue that has a front yard filled with dozens of skeletons – there’s even a skeleton horse! People stop by or lean out of the windows of the passing street cars to take pictures.
And then, there’s Ghost Manor. And if you think you know someone “obsessed” with Halloween, think again, because I don’t think this can be topped.
Every single night in October, when darkness falls, this house on Magazine Street comes alive with a true Halloween spectacle. There’s music, there are lights, there are menacing ghosts and dancing skeletons, dozens of pumpkins, a lady twirling in flames, and of course, the grand finale – animated skeletons singing “Nightmare Before Christmas” classic “This is Halloween”.
Do you feel like someone’s watching you? That’s because they are…
And did you spot the creepy wax puppet in the bottom right window? It’s just standing there, watching, waiting… creeping!
There are dancing mummies, phantoms reminiscent of Harry Potter’s dementors, just slowly rising through the windows, and the shadowy figure of a woman dancing in the flames in the top right window.
But the best part, if you ask me, is the singing skeletons.
With the projections and visual arts perfected, Ghost Manor has added animated skeletons this year, and they are a great addition!
Seated front and center, at the top of the front porch steps, these four are a sight to behold. Watch for yourself in the video below (sorry for the less-than-ideal quality, I took this with my phone).
Ready to sing along?
Do you decorate for Halloween? Are you a match for Ghost Manor? Share your spooky stories in the comments!
Ghost Manor | 2502 Magazine St, New Orleans | ghostmanor.org